Algorithms into Humanities – Conversation with Taiwan’s Digital Minister Audrey Tang

  • DATE : 03/06/2021 03/06/2021
  • TIME : 01:00–02:00
  • VENUE : Online Event

Spotlight Taiwan Lecture

Algorithms into Humanities – Conversation with Taiwan’s Digital Minister Audrey Tang 

Keynote Speaker: Minister Audrey Tang 唐鳳 (Digital Minister, Taiwan)

Discussant: Dr Wayne Lai (University of British Columbia/Kelowna Taiwanese Cultural Society)

Chaired by Dr Chia-Ling Yang (University of Edinburgh)



2 June 2021 5:00-6:00 pm (PDT, British Columbia)

3 June 2021 01:00-02:00 am (GMT, Edinburgh/London)

3 June 2021 8:00-9:00 am (CST, Taipei) 

This lecture focuses on the role of contemporary Taiwan’s democracy, welfare and digital power in the context of globalization and her vision of AI, transformative technology and social innovation.
Followed by the lecture, the floor opens for questions from the audience (30 mins).

Keynote Speaker: Minister Audrey Tang

Audrey Tang is Taiwan’s digital minister in charge of Social Innovation. Audrey is known for revitalizing the computer languages Perl and Haskell, as well as building the online spreadsheet system EtherCalc in collaboration with Dan Bricklin. In the public sector, Audrey served on Taiwan national development council’s open data committee and the 12-year basic education curriculum committee; and led the country’s first e-Rulemaking project. In the private sector, Audrey worked as a consultant with Apple on computational linguistics, with Oxford University Press on crowd lexicography, and with Socialtext on social interaction design. In the social sector, Audrey actively contributes to g0v (“gov zero”), a vibrant community focusing on creating tools for the civil society, with the call to “fork the government.”


唐鳳,自 2016 年 10 月 1 日起擔任行政院數位政務委員,負責「開放政府」、「社會創新」與「青年參與」等三項業務,透過「從自己辦公室做起」的方式,向事務官同仁們示範如何運用數位科技,達到簡化行政作業流程、提升討論及決策品質與透明度之目標。


另外,唐鳳也是「g0v 零時政府」網路社群的專案貢獻者,並積極參與線上法規討論平台 vTaiwan 的相關活動,希望透過多元溝通管道的建立,協助產出符合多方利益關係人期待、也更貼近實際需求的法規內容。



オードリーは、コンピューター言語である Perl と Haskell を再活性化させ、同時にダン・ブルックリン氏と共同でオンライン・スプレッド・シートである EtherCalc を構築したことで知られている。



社会的部門では、“fork the government.”(政府の再構築)を合言葉に、市民社会実現の為の創造的ツールに焦点を当てた活気あるコミュニティである g0v(ガバメント・ゼロ)に積極的に貢献している。


Discussant: Dr Wayne Lai
Dr. Wayne Lai is a Neurologist and a Sleep Specialist. Dr. Wayne Lai has practiced medicine both in the United States and Canada since 2006. Dr. Wayne Lai completed his internal medicine training at Seton University in South Orange, New Jersey, USA and his Neurology and Sleep Medicine training at Case Western Reserve University – University Hospital of Cleveland, in Cleveland Ohio, USA. In 2011 he returned to Canada and opened his practice in Kelowna, BC. He is also the Clinical Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia, the Neurologist and Sleep Specialist practicing at Kelowna General Hospital, and the President for Kelowna Taiwanese Cultural Society.